Women sports pioneers

A look of disbelief is etched on the face of <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/07/sport/swimming-atkinson-world-first/index.html' target='_blank'>Alia Atkinson after she claims gold in the women's 100m breaststroke </a>at the world short course swimming championships in Qatar. The win made her the first black woman swimmer to claim the world title. Click through the gallery for more female sports firsts:

A look of disbelief is etched on the face of Alia Atkinson after she claims gold in the women's 100m breaststroke at the world short course swimming championships in Qatar. The win made her the first black woman swimmer to claim the world title. Click through the gallery for more female sports firsts: